The No. 2 seed Denver Nuggets will host the 3-seed Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2 of their 2024 NBA playoffs series on Monday. Minnesota went on the road and stole Game 1, 106-99. These teams linked up four times in the regular season, and the series was split 2-2. The Timberwolves are averaging the most points (115.8) this postseason, while the Nuggets have hit the money line in 71 of their last 99 games. Jamal Murray (calf) is listed as questionable for Denver, while Rudy Gobert (personal) is a game-time decision after the birth of his first child on Monday.

The game will tip off at 10 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver. The Nuggets are 6.5-point favorites in the latest Timberwolves vs. Nuggets odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 208.5. Before making any Nuggets vs. Timberwolves picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters the conference semifinals in the 2024 NBA playoffs on a sizzling 94-61 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following the model has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Timberwolves vs. Nuggets and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA betting lines and trends for Nuggets vs. Timberwolves:

  • Nuggets vs. Timberwolves spread: Denver -6.5 
  • Nuggets vs. Timberwolves over/under: 208.5 points 
  • Nuggets vs. Timberwolves money line: Denver -278, Minnesota +225
  • MIN: 5-0 ATS in 2024 NBA playoffs 
  • DEN: 40-46-2 ATS this season 
  • Nuggets vs. Timberwolves picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Nuggets can cover

Center Nikola Jokic is one of the top playmakers in the NBA. Jokic has the skillset to impact the contest in a variety of different ways. He's able to distribute the ball consistently while being able to create his own shot or create second-chance opportunities. In the NBA playoffs 2024, he leads the team in scoring (28.8), rebounds (14.8) and assists (9.7). In Game 1, Jokic finished with 32 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Murray (questionable) is a fearless shot creator and facilitator. He can light up the scoreboard in a blink of an eye. He averages 22.5 points, four rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. On April 29 against the Lakers in the first round, he had 32 points, seven assists and made five 3-pointers. See which team to pick here.

Why the Timberwolves can cover 

Forward Karl-Anthony Towns is a very skilled playmaker as the 7-footer has a pure jumper, stretches out the defense, rebounds well and is an underrated passer. In the postseason, Towns is averaging 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and shooting 52% from downtown. In Game 1, he had 20 points, four boards, and three assists.

Center Naz Reid provides Minnesota with another effective and capable force in the frontcourt. Reid has solid ball handles, can score off the dribble and can also knock down perimeter jumpers. He averaged 12 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in three regular-season matchups versus Denver. In Game 1, Reid tallied 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists. See which team to pick here.

How to make Timberwolves vs. Nuggets picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 216 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine

So who wins Timberwolves vs. Nuggets, and which side of the spread cashes in almost 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Timberwolves vs. Nuggets spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has returned more than $2,800 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.